Purcell vs. Khachanov: how will the new season begin for Karen?
Max Purcell vs. Karen Khachanov. ATP Great Ocean Road Open Prediction (February 3, 2021)
On February 3, Karen Khachanov will play with Max Purcell at the Great Ocean Road Open tournament. How will the first confrontation of the season be for the Russian? Read in our prediction.
Purcell has already managed to have three confrontations this season. Two of them he played in Australian Open qualifiers. In the first round of selection, Purcell prevailed in three games over Hugo Gaston (7-6, 4-6, 6-3), but in the second qualifying match, he could not do anything with Aslan Karatsev (1-6, 2-6).
In the current tournament in Melbourne, Purcell won a victory over Norbert Gombos in two sets (6-4, 6-4). During the match, the Australian served well - he completed nine aces, and played great on the opponent's serve, having realized two break points out of four.
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The upcoming match will be the first for Khachanov this year. The Russian, along with his team, was actively preparing for the Australian part of the season. It is difficult to say what shape Karen is in at the moment.
The Russian finished last year with three defeats in a row - in the second round of the tournament in Antwerp he lost to Daniel Evans in three games (3-6, 7-6, 6-4), then in the first round in Vienna, he lost to Grigor Dimitrov (6-7, 3 -6), and then lost to Alejandro Fokina (3-6, 6-2, 2-6) in the first round of Paris Masters.
After long breaks, Khachanov most often, is rather difficult to get used to the rhythm of the game. The last time Karen entered the court in official matches was at the beginning of November, while Purcell already has three matches played this season.
So the Australian tennis player should be more prepared for the upcoming match. We expect that the victory in the match will still go to the Russian tennis player, but it will definitely not be easy.
Our prediction is a victory for Purcell with a handicap (+4.5) games for a coefficient of 2.01 on 1xbet.
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